Exclusive fully-funded science PhDs for Chinese citizens Exclusive fully-funded science PhDs for Chinese citizens

Funding opportunity for 4-year PhD studentships

Based on mutual research interests, UEA has established a partnership with the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), based in Shenzhen, China. As part of this collaboration, 4-year funded studentships supporting joint research projects through the UEA-SUSTech Split-Site PhD Programme are available. Students registered to this programme will carry out research at both UEA (Norwich, UK), and SUSTech (Shenzhen, China).

Programme Structure, Funding Conditions and How to Apply

For projects starting in October 2019, funding applications must be submitted to SUSTech by 30 November 2018 (please visit the SUSTech website for full details on the applications process). Applicants securing funding from SUSTech will then be invited to apply to UEA.

Before submitting an application, candidates must contact a potential UEA supervisor to discuss a project suitable for the UEA-SUSTech Split-Site PhD Programme.

Here you will find a list of UEA supervisors having established collaborations with SUSTech, and potential PhD research subjects:



For more information about the programme contact

Audrey Heppleston (a.heppleston@uea.ac.uk)

International and Postgraduate Research Funding Manager


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University of East Anglia

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Southern University of Science and Technology

The Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is a public university founded in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone of China.  It is intended to be a top-tier international university that excels in interdisciplinary research, nurturing innovative talents and delivering new knowledge to the world.

SUSTech was born in 2011 with a mission to reform higher education in China. Since then, it has been widely regarded as a pioneer and innovator in collectively moving China's higher education forward to match China's ever-growing role in the international arena. SUSTech believes that curiosity drives learning and research, enabling the world to be a better place. Meanwhile, SUSTech recognizes its responsibility as an engine of economic development, encouraging entrepreneurial activities among its faculty and students.